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Poster: Blade_Runner Date: Sep 26, 2010 9:30am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Question regarding silent movies

I noticed that most of the silent movies uploaded here do not have musical soundtracks and that this is because these musical scores were made seperately and may still be under copyright.

I do know that some silent films from the later 20's were made with a synchronized musical soundtrack using movietone vitaphone etc. One that comes to mind is the film Sunrise (though I don't know if the film itself is still under copyright.)

Are the soundtracks for these films pd if the film itself is PD?

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Poster: k-otic Date: Sep 26, 2010 10:43am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Question regarding silent movies

That´s why I always upload silent movies without soundtrack ... because you can never be sure ... some publisher use musikal score that are public domain for itself
But putting the parts together (audio/video) may give them some rights on that version

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Poster: jonc Date: Sep 26, 2010 1:22pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Question regarding silent movies

If you have time, Incomptec has royalty-free music for creating your own soundtrack. I haven't done this myself, but with a good video editor it would be a fairly easy task.

http://incompetech.com/m/c/royalty-free/index.html?genre=Silent%20Film%20Score

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Sep 26, 2010 12:40pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Question regarding silent movies

If the music used in a film was separately copyrighted, and its copyright renewed, then the film might be PD, but not the music. If the film was PD, the music would have to be removed before the film could be posted here.

As far as films with added musical scores, I'm with k-otic. Remove the music.

This post was modified by billbarstad on 2010-09-26 19:40:55

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